Papers of Eric S. Mosley (fl 1929-1967), economist and industrial relations manager,1929-1967

Scope and Content

The collection comprises a sequence of personal files compiled by Mosley on particular aspects ofhis work and research. The files contain newspaper cuttings, correspondence, maps, notes, graphs,and printed and hand-written lists of statistics. The files have been divided into sixsections:

  • Files relating to Mosley's work for the National Dock Labour Corporation. The papers in the filesinclude printed statistics and reports of the Corporation and investigations into dock workerwelfare and numbers. Included is a typescript report (1943) by Mosley on the welfare of porttransport workers. 1943-1946 (MS 315/1);
  • Files relating to Mosley's work for the Board of Trade. The papers in the files includestatistics and maps relating to the population and insured workforce of the UK, particularly inLondon and the south east of England. 1946-1952 (MS 315/2);
  • Files of student and private study notes on the subject of economics, and papers relating to hisinvolvement with the Workers Educational Association. 1929-1967 (MS 315/3);
  • Files of papers relating to his lectureship at the University of Hull. 1934-1940 (MS 315/4);
  • File of correspondence. 1943-1952 (MS 315/5);
  • Files relating to Mosley's survey work for the Ministry of Labour and National Service,particularly in Middlesbrough, Cleveland. The papers in them include correspondence and statistics.1940 (MS 315/6).

Administrative / Biographical History

Eric Mosley received his early education in Derbyshire and then worked at a coal mine for tenyears before returning to education. He attained a first degree in mining from University CollegeNottingham (now The University of Nottingham) in 1930 and an MA in Economics from CambridgeUniversity in 1933. After Cambridge, Mosley took up a post as lecturer in economics at theUniversity of Hull. By 1940, he was working for the Ministry of Labour and National Service inMiddlesbrough, Cleveland. Soon after, Mosley joined the staff of the National Dock LabourCorporation as a welfare supervisor in Bristol. By 1944, when he presented papers to theCorporation's first conference of welfare workers, Mosley had become a national welfare and researchofficer and lived in the London suburb of Hampton Court in Surrey.

Following his resignation from the Corporation in 1946, Mosley joined the Distribution ofIndustry and Regional Division of the Board of Trade in London as a research officer. He remained inthis post until at least 1952. He then moved to the Organisation for European Economic Co-operationin Paris. From August 1956 until his retirement in March 1967, Eric Mosley was Divisional IndustrialRelations Director for the East Midlands division of the National Coal Board.


The collection has been divided into six sections.

Access Information

ACCESS: Pending full cataloguing, access to thecollection is limited and is possible only for registered users by advance notice and agreement.


Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts in June1981.

Related Material

  • Bristol Record Office: National Dock Labour Board, Bristol Board. Reports and registers,1925-1989. Reference: 40194